Every quarter, we share articles published in the BCN Newsletter and we are happy today to share an interview with Dr. Stéfanie Enriquez-Geppert, who recently started working at the Psychology Department as Assistant Professor in Neuropsychology. The interview was conducted and written by Anna Leonte, a BCN MSc student.
How does an ordinary citizen become an activist? What is it that powers their transformation from a passive citizen into an active one? These questions sat at the heart of my PhD research, which explored the changes in identity that people go through as they become activists. Findings indicated that activism may change individuals in a fundamental way, similarly as religion.
As cyclists are an important part of the world of self-driving vehicles, we have to learn how to assess their intentions. In an online-survey participants predicted the direction of a lead cyclist based on a video sequence. The results indicate that whether a cyclist will take a turn is difficult to predict.
I am an international PhD student from Indonesia. It is always been my dream to study an advanced clinical treatment in my home country, which is exactly what I am doing right now. However, the struggle to stand on two different continents to make my research happen… is real.
Scientific understanding is considered increasingly important for both science performance itself and for future adults to be able to fully participate in society. An important question is how to put scientific understanding of students in the picture in such a way that students may eventually flourish in these fields.
Internationalization is hot, and our university is working hard to set up collaborations with universities in other countries, of which India is seemingly going to be one of them. A brief report to get a flavour of my first experience at Thapar University in Patiala, India.
Last summer, students, refugees, academics, and practitioners from different nations and disciplines came together to explore the complexity of migration, the problems around it, and alternatives to current practices in policy and society at the RUG. The summer school ‘Migration Matters’ resulted in three concrete student initiatives to improve the lives of refugees.
Many hope that Donald Trump will behave appropriately now that he is president –arguably the most powerful position on earth. Research, however, shows that power usually increases the correspondence between people’s internal beliefs, states and traits and their behavior. In Trump’s case this could potentially be unfortunate news.
We all know that we test theories by subjecting them to experimental test, allowing us to potentially falsify hypotheses. But where do theories come from? A realist philosophy of science, and the method of retroduction, allows us to use empirical evidence, even from “failed” experiments, to generate as well as test theory.